Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Around 20 students from several local high schools participated in a live burn exercise with the Rochester Fire Department this morning.

The students, under the guidance of instructors, formed into crews and engaged a live fire with a hose line inside the “burn box” at the Regional Public Safety Training Center in southeast Rochester. A news release says the burn box was designed to simulate a single-story residential structure that also allowed the students to observe the behavior of the fire and smoke.

Rochester Fire Dept. photo

The students from Rochester, Byron, and Stewartville signed up for a program designed by the fire department to provide the students an opportunity to explore a career in firefighting while providing the young people with several state certifications often needed to test for firefighter jobs. The next training exercise in the program will involve handling hazardous materials.

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